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Coat of arms of Büchen
Coat of arms
Büchen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°29′N 10°37′E / 53.483°N 10.617°E / 53.483; 10.617Coordinates: 53°29′N 10°37′E / 53.483°N 10.617°E / 53.483; 10.617
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Herzogtum Lauenburg
Municipal assoc. Büchen
 • Mayor Uwe Möller (SPD)
 • Total 16.85 km2 (6.51 sq mi)
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,686
 • Density 340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21514
Dialling codes 04155
Vehicle registration RZ
Website www.buechen.de

Büchen (About this sound German pronunciation ) is a municipality in the district of Lauenburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is seat of the Amt ("collective municipality") Büchen.

Büchen is situated on the Elbe-Lübeck Canal, approx. 13 km northeast of Lauenburg/Elbe, and 45 km east of Hamburg. Büchen station is on the Berlin-Hamburg and the Lübeck–Lüneburg lines.


Between 1945 and 1990 Büchen served as West German inner German border crossing for rail transport. The crossing was open for trains travelling between the Soviet Zone of occupation in Germany (till 1949, thereafter the East German Democratic Republic, or West Berlin) and the American zone of occupation and thereafter Federal Republic of Germany. The traffic was subject to the Interzonal traffic regulations between West Germany and West Berlin which followed the special regulations of the Transit Agreement (1972).